Counterpoint

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Charlton Heston, Maximilian Schell and Leslie Nielsen star in this gripping drama that chronicles the splendor of classical music along with the brutality of the Second World War. The time is 1944, and a renowned symphony orchestra is touring the concert halls of Europe. read more

Charlton Heston, Maximilian Schell and Leslie Nielsen star in this gripping drama that chronicles the splendor of classical music along with the brutality of the Second World War. The time is 1944, and a renowned symphony orchestra is touring the concert halls of Europe. In the middle of a performance, Hitler’s soldiers attack the city, capturing the musicians and their director, Lionel Evans (Heston). The group is imprisoned in a castle and escape immediate execution because the commanding officer, General Schiller (Schell), has a passion for music. He orders them to prepare a concert for his Nazi comrades, but Evans dreads what will happen when the recital is over. The incomparable Los Angeles Philharmonic performs works by Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Brahms, Wagner and Schubert in this compelling and unusual story.

Original Release

12/22/1967

US Release

03/03/1968

Cast

Charlton Heston Lionel Evans
Maximilian Schell Gen. Schiller
Kathryn Hays Annabelle Rice
Leslie Nielsen Victor Rice
Anton Diffring Col. Arndt
Linden Chiles Lt. Long
Ralph Nelson Belgian Officer
Curt Lowens Capt. Klingerman
Peter Masterson Sgt. Calloway
Neva Patterson Dorothy
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Ralph Nelson

Writers

Joel Oliansky, Alan Sillitoe, James Lee

Cast

Charlton Heston Lionel Evans
Maximilian Schell Gen. Schiller
Kathryn Hays Annabelle Rice
Leslie Nielsen Victor Rice
Anton Diffring Col. Arndt
Linden Chiles Lt. Long
Ralph Nelson Belgian Officer
Curt Lowens Capt. Klingerman
Peter Masterson Sgt. Calloway
Neva Patterson Dorothy
Cyril Delevanti Tartzoff
Gregory Morton Jordon
Parley Baer Hook
Dan Frazer Chaminant
Ed Peck Prescott
Paul Birch General
Horst Ebersberg Lt. Heiser
Bill Erwin Trumpet Player
Barry Ford German - Fake US MP
Otis Young Wounded USO Bus Driver

Producers

Editors

Howard Epstein

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